Festival Program


Storytelling Live: Speaking of Love

Sat 31 Aug, 6.30pm
Walker Street Gallery & Arts Centre

Five poets converge and perform in this special showcase featuring work responding to the theme: Speaking of Love. With Indonesian writer Norman Erikson Pasaribu and lauded Melbourne talents Nour Abouzeid, Fury, Eleanor Jackson, and Magan Magan.

Update to previously advertised information: this event now commences at 6.30pm.

Supported by the City of Greater Dandenong


1 hour


Session Artists

Nour Abouzeid is a poet, spoken word artist, and creative curator based in Melbourne. He is a regular on the slam scene and in 2018, he qualified for the only team representing Australia at the National Poetry Slam in Chicago.

Fury is a despicable changeling creature birthed from the sulphur swamps of greater New Zealand, currently inhabiting the desolate desert landscapes of Melbourne’s CBD. It is not advised to read their guileful poetry as their words encourage restless sleep.

Abdulrahman Hammoud is a Melbourne-based poet by way of Lebanon, blessed to have traveled the world to teach and perform. He’s also founder of The Dirty Thirty Writing Challenge and editor/compiler of The Dirty Thirty Anthology. He’s best known as an avid purveyor of starting books but never finishing them.

Eleanor Jackson is a Filipino Australian poet, performer, arts producer and community radio broadcaster. Author of A Leaving (Vagabond Press), her live album, One Night Wonders, is produced by Going Down Swinging. A passionate advocate for diverse and inclusive cultures, she is Chair of Peril Magazine and Vice-Chair of The Stella Prize.

Magan Magan has read his work at the National Gallery of Victoria, National Young Writers Festival, Emerging Writers Festival, and La Mama Poetica. His work has been published in Hyde magazine, literary arts journal Offset, Cordite Poetry Review and anthologies Shots From The Chamber, Hunter Anthology of Contemporary Australian Feminist Poetry, and Australian Poetry. Magan is currently co-editing forthcoming anthology Growing Up African In Australia and is publishing his first collection of poems, From Grains to Gold, later this year with Vulgar Press.

Norman Erikson Pasaribu is an Indonesian writer of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. His first book of poems Sergius Seeks Bacchus (trans. by Tiffany Tsao) received a PEN Translates Award and is out in Australia with Giramondo. He won the Young Author Award from Southeast Asia Literary Council in 2017.

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